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COVID-19 regional update

Later this week, Gov. Roy Cooper has plans to change some restrictions related to COVID-19 effective May 1 and make additional changes as of June 1.

In North Carolina, among those age 18 and up, 38.8% are fully vaccinated and 48.5% have received one shot as of April 27.

New cases on the same date number 1,148, a decrease of 186 from Monday. Deaths of North Carolinians from March 2020 through April 27 number 12,583. People hospitalized with coronavirus number 1,103, up 36 from Monday’s total.

Hyde County: At the end of March 2021, Hyde County had no active coronavirus cases. New positive cases have ticked up in April. On April 9, the county reported 18 new cases and on April 16, the number was 22. This past week on April 23, new cases numbered 15.

Hyde’s total number of COVID-19 cases since March 2020 is 680. During that same period, eight Hyde County residents have died due to the coronavirus.

Health director Luana Gibbs reached out to the folks in Hyde County on two issues. First, people are not answering calls from Carolina Community Tracing Collaborative. “We tell them to expect a phone call from contact tracers and that the number will not be local, but they are not answering,” wrote Gibbs. Contact tracing helps slow coronavirus spread.

Next, people are not adhering to isolation and quarantine rules. In her letter, Gibbs said “legal action can implemented when cases and contacts do not follow the guidelines they are given.” She’s used this route before. Said Gibbs, “just comply with directions and get through your isolation period.”

Some 70% of the active cases are in zip code 27875 which includes Scranton, Germantown and Makleyville.

Hyde County has 38.1% of adults fully vaccinated and 48.2% with one dose of vaccine as of April 27, 2021. Vaccinations are available at the Hyde County Health Department in Swan Quarter.

Tyrrell County: On April 26, Tyrrell County reported one new case of COVID-19 in the county, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases to 322 since March 2020. Communities in Tyrrell County have experienced six deaths due to the virus.

Upcoming vaccine clinics sponsored by the Martin-Tyrrell-Washington Health District are:

– Wednesday, April 28, 1 to 4 p.m. at Sheriff’s Substation, 2916 N. Gum Neck Road, Columbia

– Thursday, April 29, 1 to 4 p.m. at Alligator Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 745 Goat Neck Road, Columbia

– Saturday, May 1, 10 a.m. to Noon, Pfizer event (16 years and older) at the Northeast Regional School of Biotechnology and Agriscience, 1215 St. Andrews Street., Jamesville. Follow up for second shot May 22 from 10 a.m. to Noon at same location.

Patients can also schedule a vaccine appointment at clinics in Plymouth, Williamston and Columbia by calling 252-793-3023.

Dare County: A significant drop in new positive cases was noted last week with only 36 new COVID-19 cases reported in Dare County. The percent of positive tests to total tests also dropped significantly from 11.3% to 3.5%. The total COVID-19 positive case count for Dare County is 3,116, of which there are 23 active cases among residents of Dare County. One resident remains hospitalized due to complications associated with COVID-19 and 22 are in home isolation. On April 19, Dare County reported the 15th death from COVID-19. Some 53 days had passed since the 14th death was noted.

Dare County no longer has a waiting list for the COVID vaccine. Register online at darenc.com/covidvaccine or email covid19@darenc.com. First shots will be administered a weekday at one of the Dare Health Department’s offices in Manteo, Frisco and Nags Head.

A vaccine appointment can also be made at one of the area pharmacies which are now providing COVID-19 vaccinations, including Walgreens, Sunshine Family Pharmacy, Island Pharmacy, Bear Drugs, Beach Pharmacy in Avon and Beach Pharmacy in Hatteras.

Currituck, Camden and Pasquotank: Albemarle Regional Health Services reports the following on April 23, 2020.

Currituck County – Currituck has 1,500 lab-confirmed cases totaled since March 2020. The county currently has 12 active cases. On April 23, another death was reported bring the total to 16 people who died from the coronavirus.

In Currituck, 28.3% of adults have been vaccinated with one dose; 21.3% are full vaccinated.

Call Currituck County Health Department at 252-232-2271 to schedule an appointment for vaccination.

Camden County – Camden County has a total of 648 lab-confirmed cases, with 12 active. Five deaths have occurred in the county due to the virus.

Camden has 26.4% of adults vaccinated with one dose. Fully vaccinated individuals stand at 21.4%.

Call Camden County Health Department at 252-338-4460 to make an appointment for a vaccine shot.

Pasquotank County – Pasquotank County has 3,268 confirmed cases of COVID-19, but only 38 are active cases. Pasquotank Communities have suffered 60 deaths due to the pandemic.

Pasquotank has 31.5% of its population vaccinated with one dose and 26.4% fully vaccinated.

Call Pasquotank County Health Department at 252-338-4400 to schedule an appointment for Moderna vaccine shot.

Albemarle Regional Health Services reports no facility in its service area has an active outbreak at this time.

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